In advance of its world premiere at the New York Film Festival (9/24 – 10/10), Scott Foundas offers up the first critical appraisal I’ve seen of David Fincher’s The Social Network and it’s a doozy.

“This is very rich material for a movie on such timeless subjects as power and privilege, and such intrinsically 21st-century ones as the migration of society itself from the real to the virtual sphere—and David Fincher’s The Social Network is big and brash and brilliant enough to encompass them all. It is nominally the story of the founding of Facebook, yes, and how something that began among friends quickly descended into acrimony and litigation once billions of dollars were at stake. But just as All the President’s Men—a seminal film for Fincher and a huge influence on his Zodiac—was less interested by the Watergate case than by its zeitgeist-altering ripples, so too is The Social Network devoted to larger patterns of meaning. It is a movie that sees how any social microcosm, if viewed from the proper angle, is no different from another—thus the seemingly hermetic codes of Harvard University become the foundation for a global online community that is itself but a reflection of the all-encompassing high-school cafeteria from which we can never escape. And it owes something to The Great Gatsby, too, in its portrait of a self-made outsider marking his territory in the WASP jungle.”

I’ve been skeptical about this project from the word go and have only held out hope because of Fincher, Aaron Sorkin and the film’s cast which includes Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. While it seemed to send the rest of the internet into convulsions of orgasm, the most recent trailer left me cold.

But then along comes Mr. Foundas singing words of praise and I find myself starting to believe this movie might be great.

3 Responses to “Foundas on The Social Network: “big and brash and brilliant””

  1. let Fincher prove us wrong.

    There’s also my issue with Timberlake, but that’s my issue. xD

  2. My skepticism is vanishing.

  3. I just skimmed it, but it certainly is a rave. Amy, I’ll say if Timberlake’s going to be good in a part, at least this one isn’t that much of a stretch for him.

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